Saturday, January 23, 2010

Praying, Waiting, and Asking!

(picture above: people waiting in line to receive medical aid in Haiti)

Hi Everyone!

I'd love to update you on what is going on in Haiti and how it has changed some of my roles here in New Orleans.

I am now the point person on coordinating medical flights to Haiti. We have teams going for a week at a time and if you're medically gifted please contact me asap as we NEED docs and nurses and more!!! email (I check this account) You'd fly out of Fort Lauderdale to Cap Haitien (300 miles north of Port au Prince) to work in a hospital there that has been overflooded with refugees from PaP. PLEASE contact me for more details and give my email out to those interested. I'm putting this in God's hands! It can be hard to wait but I know His timing is perfect and I must trust Him!

ONE of our HUGE needs right now is monetary donations to continue supplying aid and medical relief to Haiti. Please please give to help the body of Christ come alongside those in need! You can click here to give to the Haiti Earthquake relief. Email me if you have any questions. You can also mail donations to:

EFCA Crisis Response

19380 N. 10th St

Covington LA 70433

and write 21709-3970 in the memo.

SECOND I need to multiply myself! God is already proven faithful that if we just pray for Him and ask for help He comes through. First off, Ms. Jeri is here to cook! YAY! I have several friends who have asked to help with data entry and team stuff and I'm very very grateful to them! BUT I'm STILL asking...I need help!!!!!!!!!! Please let me know if you can volunteer your time and efforts here in New Orleans! I need a cook from March 26th to April 26th in the city. We need funded jobs so if you can scope jobs and go around asking people if they have work that'd be super!

Please pray I can balance my responsibilities and find time to rest!

Please pray for the people of Haiti!

Please pray that "the islands will see God's light!"

Asking may be hard to do because it means I can't do it on my own but I know God wants me to ask Him and ask you to help!

In Christ,


Ministry blog updates:

"I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, and I will multiply the number of people upon you, even the whole house of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. I will increase the number of men and animals upon you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the LORD." Ezekiel 36:9-11

"This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. They will say, "This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited." Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the LORD have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it." Ezekiel 36:33-36

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Interested in Serving in Haiti..

At the moment our leaders within the crisis response ministry and the southeastern district of the EFCA are going to try (God willing) to get into Haiti Sunday to make contact with our ministry partners already on the ground. The situation is unstable at best as the entire infrastructure of Haiti is compromised.

TouchGlobal Crisis Response Ministry is a long term recovery ministry and we are formulating what type of response would best suit the needs of the Haitian people. Once a secure base can be established in Haiti, we will be sending teams to help in the long term recovery efforts and more importantly, to show the love of Christ to those in need through the holistic healing of His people.

The most current need right now is funding to support the efforts to establish a base of operations to send teams. Our warehouse in Covington, LA will begin accepting bulk donations when the determination has been made as to what is needed most and a viable method of transportation has been established.

Please be in prayer for our leaders as they also pray for God’s wisdom and discernment on how best to serve His children in Haiti.

We are urging everyone to get the word out about the situation in Haiti through email contact lists, facebook accounts, etc. Money can be donated online at the website with the memo line designating the earthquake relief fund #3970. Please also visit to get the most up to date information from our director.

I can add your contact information to our database that has been established if you want to be kept up-to-date on what we're doing. Please stay posted to the website and continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Haiti.

We will contact you as soon as it is a plan has been developed to send teams of volunteers to help in Haiti.

In Christ –
Katie Hooks
Volunteer Coordinator - New Orleans
EFCA TouchGlobal Crisis Response Ministry
office: 985-893-0218

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Pray for Haiti!

Hi Everyone,

In case you are not aware, an earthquake registering 7.0 on the Richter scale devastated Port-au-Prince in Haiti. You can find out more info on our blog about our response and how to give financially at

My boss Mark Lewis and another staffer Kevin are looking at flying there Sunday to access the damage and discover the needs there. Please be in prayer for their trip and that God would open doors for short and long term recovery efforts to reach His children through the arm of compassion.

Katie :)

"If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it."
1 Corinthians 12:26

Monday, January 11, 2010


Hi Everyone!

I must say today was probably one of the most productive days of my life...I won't bore you with all the details but just know in one day my newsletter was written, envelopes were labled, stamped, and stuffed! Praise God! Remember email me if you want one,

Tomorrow bright and early I'm off to Galveston TX. I haven't been there since April 2009 and I must say I am excited to see all the progress and visit with homeowners! I'm also excited to see the staff there and maybe connect with some of the church members from Galveston Bible Church. Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston in September 2008 and I was very blessed to have been on the scene a month after the storm to help set up our office, delegate teams to jobsites for gutting, and help train Sarah who is now the on-site coordinator there. Please pray for safety driving there and for when I drive back on Friday!

Last week we had a team of 6 guys from Wyoming and it was truly a blessing to get to know them and hear how God is working in their lives! Praying they take what they learned home with them and they come back soon!

Please pray I can continue my training in Galveston, need to run 14 miles this week. oooo golly!

Let me know how I can be praying for you and call me if you want to keep me company on my ride over to Texas!

mucho love!
Katie :)

p.s. Go Saints!

"Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young. But set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity." 1 Tim 4:12

Monday, January 4, 2010

Analyzing is Overrated...

Hi Everyone!
First off thanks sooo much for the prayers last week! Monday may have been one of the busiest days of my life but I got through it and I know it's because of your prayers!
Trust > Analyzing
So I don't know if it's a girl thing, or a me thing, but I probably analyze stuff wayyy too much. It's not like analyzing something to death will make me feel better or feel like I've accomplished something...just wasted time in my head more like. Probably if I analyze everything it's my way of controlling the situation or allows me to hold on to something for a little while longer. I think in the end, analyzing every little moment or every possible moment takes away from trusting God. The verse God has laid on my heart isn't a new one by any means:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Before God can make my paths straight, there are 3 things I must do:
1) Trust Him
2) Lean NOT on myself
3) Acknowledge Him in EVERYTHING!

So by acknowledging Him throughout my day, be it in prayer or spending time in His word or taking 5 min to say hello to my neighbor, I am telling God "I trust You. I depend on You!"
Take time this week to truly put this into practice and give up on analyzing everything, but TRUST God with everything!

1) Teams were great last week! Thank you for coming to serve the Lord!
2) Ran 10 miles on Thursday and didn't die
3) For God's Son and that once we believe, we are a new creation in Christ!
4) All the awesome support I've been getting from you all, not just money but prayers as well. I'm very very grateful for each of you! Thank you Thank you thank you!

1) Must write thank yous and January newsletter by end of the week. let me know if you want one
2) Possible travel plans next week. I'll keep you posted.
3) I continue to trust God with everything, lean not on myself, and acknowledge Him in everything!

khooks :)